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Cavities form when poor oral hygiene allows the natural bacteria living in your mouth to exploit a weakened area of tooth enamel. Early detection is essential for treatment success without complications. Here at Grant R Young DDS, your dentist, Dr. Grant R Young, commonly uses fillings to repair small-to-medium-sized cavities.

Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination of the tooth. This will likely include taking some X-rays to make sure the decay hasn’t reached the sensitive internal structures of the tooth. Your dentist will use a drill to carefully remove all traces of tooth decay. The material he recommends for the new filling will be based on the tooth’s location and its prevalence in your smile.

Amalgam fillings are dark in color, making them a poor choice in repairing a cavity in your smile. However, composite fillings are made from a special resin material that can be perfectly shaded to match the surrounding tooth enamel. This often makes them the superior choice for repairing a cavity that has formed in a visible area of your smile.

After applying the composite filling, your dentist will use a special ultraviolet light to cure and harden it. This will solidify its relationship with the surrounding tooth enamel and effectively restore the tooth’s function and appearance for many years to come.

If you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth and you’re interested in a dental filling in Wausau, Wisconsin, you should not delay in calling 715-845-6222 to have it examined, treated, and repaired at Grant R Young DDS.